Progressive Conservative MLA Barbara Adams says cancer survivors deserve a day to celebrate their fight and determination and she’s hoping the McNeil Liberals will agree.
Today, the Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA introduced a bill in the House of Assembly titled, “An Act to Establish Cancer Survivors Day.” The bill sets aside the first Sunday every June as Cancer Survivors Day. Adams says this bill is to honour everyone, regardless of where they are in their medical journey.
Janet Landry is currently battling breast cancer. She says this day honours her fight.
“This day is an important acknowledgement of a survivor’s journey,” says Landry. “While I’m fighting for my family and for my own health, it’s been amazing to be part of a community. Recognizing our resilience is an inspiration for those recently diagnosed and a source of support for families.”
“Nearly every family has been touched by cancer, including my own,” says Adams, who lost her father Jack Hare to Leukemia in the 1980’s. “This bill celebrates all Nova Scotians who find themselves on this journey. Just surviving the doctor delivering the news is worth celebrating. These men, women and children are heroes in my book and they deserve day that recognizes their lives and their determination.”
The Atlantic Canadian Chapter for the Canadian Cancer Society says this day will help their cause.
“The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to support a day that recognizes the many people who now live with and beyond cancer,” said Jane Parsons, Regional Executive Director – Atlantic Canada for the Canadian Cancer Society. “At the Canadian Cancer Society we work every day to address the needs of cancer survivors and their families. We also know there is more that can be done. Cancer Survivor Day will draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship, including the need for more resources, emotional support, and research to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.”
The bill was tabled today, March 27 in the Nova Scotia legislature.